Renew an existing taxi driver’s licence

Here are the things you need to do renew a taxi driver’s licence and the order you need to do them in:

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Read the Joint Taxi Licensing Policy

All information relating to hackney carriage or private hire licensing in the district is available in our Joint Taxi Licensing Policy.

Please ensure you read this before you start your application, as the policy may have changed since you last read it.

Do a medical examination

If you are under 45 then the medical certificate you provided when you first applied to be a taxi driver is still valid, so you do not need to worry about this stage.

If you are over 45 years of age you need to have a medical examination every five years.

If you are over 65, or an insulin dependent diabetic, then you need to have an examination every year.  Insulin dependent diabetics are also required to have an annual consultant assessment in accordance with DVLA Group 2 guidelines – for more details please see this information about assessing fitness to drive.

If you need to book a medical examination, please contact your GP. A fee will be payable for this examination which would be paid directly to the doctor’s surgery.

Before going to the medical examination, you will need to print out the medical examination report form and take it with you to your appointment.

You will then need to ask the doctor to complete it for you. Before leaving the appointment, please check the doctor has completed the entire form including the front sheet. We often have to reject medicals due to them being incomplete.

Complete the application forms

Please download and complete the hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ application form.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

If you have subscribed to the DBS Update Service, you will need to produce the original disclosure to us so that we can check if there is any new information.

If not, you will need to submit a completed DBS application form which you’ll receive with your renewal application. Please read the guidance on completing the DBS application and the ID Checking Guidelines to ensure you bring the required documents with you.

Once you receive your completed DBS certificate you will need to bring it in to our office and leave it in the Licensing post box in reception so that we can complete the processing of your application.  We will return the original disclosure to you by recorded delivery.

Make an appointment with a Licensing officer to check through your documents

Please call us on 01235 422556 to book your appointment.

All appointments take place at our offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB. You must bring the following with you (originals, not copies):

  • A completed driver application form
  • The correct fee
  • Two passport size photos
  • A full UK/EU/EEA driving licence (must be held for a minimum of 12 months).
  • Passport
  • Proof of current address, such as a utility bill or credit card statement (dated within the last three months)
  • A certificate of medical examination – to be completed by your GP
  • A completed DBS application form – this will be given to you at your knowledge test appointment. Please read the guidance on completing the DBS application and the ID Checking Guidelines to ensure you bring the required documents with you.
  • Proof of your right to work in the UK  – to see what documents we can accept see the last two pages of the acceptable rights to work guidance.

If there are restrictions on the length of time you may work in the UK, your licence will not be issued for any longer than this period. In such circumstances, the check will be repeated each time you apply to renew or extend your licence. If, during this period, you are disqualified from holding a licence because you have not complied with the UK’s immigration laws, your licence will lapse and you must return it to the council. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

If you have spent more than three months out of the country since the age of 10, you may be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct.